What is Susan B. Anthony's to-do list and quotes for, and why is it featured on Google Doodle and a dollar coin?
By: Linda Davis
Today's Google Doodle marks the 200th anniversary of renowned reformer Susan B. Anthony.
For decades, Susan B. Anthony fought for women to be eligible to vote in the United States, for equal rights, and was one of the most important figures in the women's election movement.
She was born that day in 1820 in the western state of Massachusetts, USA. As a child, she was very much inspired by the idea that all people were originally born equal regardless of race or gender. As she got older, she became familiar with prominent abolitionists such as Frederick Douglas and William Lloyd Harrison. This finally affirmed her the need for social change.
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In 1851, she, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, began to actively advocate for women's rights. On November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony entered a polling station in Rochester, New York and voted in the presidential election, despite the fact that it was prohibited by law.
Two weeks later, she was fined and attracted the attention of the whole country to this case. She refused to pay the fine, saying the phrase in the neighborhood became one of her most famous quotes: «I will never pay the dollar of your unjust fine.»
She has been an active leader in the women's election movement for decades and has spoken to a large number of people to accelerate change. It was not until 1920 that women in America finally got the right to vote after the adoption of the 19th amendment.
The United States Department of the Treasury in 1979 placed her image on a dollar coin, making her the first woman in history to be depicted in US currency.